MEC shocked by spate of accidents

2013-11-25 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu has called on road users to be extra vigilant on the road following a series of accidents over the weekend that claimed 20 lives.

On Saturday night six people were killed on the R66 road, outside Melmoth, in an accident involving three vehicles.

On Friday afternoon 14 people were killed in an accident involving a minibus taxi, whose driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol, at a Sappi factory along the P197 road near Umkomaas.

The Department of Transport’s Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) unit said a head-on collision occurred on the R66 road at around 8 pm Saturday evening.

A Toyota Corolla allegedly attempted to overtake two vehicles, a VW Polo and a Volvo, on a blind rise. This resulted in a head-on collision in which six people were killed on the scene. The injured were taken to KwaMagwaza Hospital.

Mchunu expressed shock at the recent spate of accidents and sent condolences to the families of the deceased.

“It is unacceptable that we are losing so many people simply because some motorists, drivers specifically, are deliberately disrespecting our road traffic rules. These transgressions are costing lives and resources, causing untold pain to families who lose their loved ones,” said Mchunu.

Law enforcement would be increased as the festive season approaches by increasing traffic police visibility.

A team of senior officials were assigned to meet with the bereaved families yesterday, said Mchunu.

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